574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2012
For christ’s sake. Can we say nightcap? Absolutely beautiful in the glass: deep amber-toward-ruby with a little khaki head. Nose is booze, whiskey, some super-sweet malts, and lots of perfumey hops. Taste is very sweet and damn bitter, too. Palate is alcohol heat, strong spiky bitterness, and just luxury. I didn’t think I would like this as much as I did, but what the hell. Nothing I’m reading says this was barrel aged, but it tasted barrel aged. Very nice barleywine. Had this on tap. User101733 (14) - - JAN 9, 2012
[draft] Sweet malt nose with hints of oak and vanilla. Dark amber color with perfect clarity and slight head which retains well. Heavy oak in the taste, with nice caramel notes and dank hop underneath. Palate is thin and almost a bit slimey. Overall, a really nice aged English style Barleywine - worth finding. ICEatALAMO (1350) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2009 vintage. Decent as far as Barleywines go, but not my favorite. I would have again, but maybe even age a little longer. Color was a nice deep orangish-red. arminjewell (9670) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Pour is dark brownish red with thin off white head, aroma brings lots of smoke, caramel, bitter earth, some grass and pine notes, touch of toffee, dark fruit in there as well. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, and earth, with a nice balanced earthy, smoky overtone that finishes fairly smooth. The aroma brought on a big smoke tone, but the taste balanced it out well. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle @ Bull and Bush Christmas tasting. Orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Dull caramel malty, somewhat fruity, lightly smoky aroma. Red fruity, caramel, toffee, moderately piney, lightly smoky flavor. Ok.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
This one is from the Peoria, Illinois International Beer Festival. Due to lack of space when drinking, my notes won’t be that great on these beers. I wasn’t too impressed with this beer. Appearance is hard to really look at in a sample glass but, there wasn’t much lacing. Taste was just OK for something rated so well. TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2011
So the weather took a cold snap here in New England. Grabbed some barley wine to warm my soul. This 22oz bomber was poured into some nice little sampling glasses. Very coppery yellow orange color with little bubbly head. Some carbonation. You do get a rich grain malt aroma and some hoppiness. But as I tasted in I got this really great taste that filled my head with an aroma like sniffing a box of nice cigars. A bit of smoky peat in there. Dry mouth feel. DocLock (10691) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Pours hazy copper with minimal off-khaki head. Nose is caramel malt, fuselly and hot, with oaky spirity notes. Tastes a bit hot, malty, with notes of cognac, earthy spirits, hops, and fruit. Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Hazy light brown color with very little head. Aroma is strong brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor let’s me down a little. Tasty sweetness with some mild bitterness but there is some weird characteristic and the depth of flavor falls short. madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Old bottle pulled out by someone at a tasting - Pours golden amber with a small white head. Caramel on the nose, with acetone and light, bready malt. Not a lot of depth to the smell, and not much to really like. Taste is smooth, booze-soaked breadiness, raisin, and malt, with a still-hot finish. Nothing too interesting, and I’m not sure age did much for this one.